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>> No. 24358 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 8:17 pm
24358 Registering a .com domain with fake details
Greetings me ol' muckers.

Try as I might to register a .com domain through my usual go-to (Tsohost if you're interested) they're not having any of my fake detail shenanigans and insist that they must uphold ICANN's policy for correct contact info for the registrant. I'm quite a private chap online and as you can imagine I'd rather not have my address plastered on some WHOIS lookup.

Is there any way around this without paying an extra six quid yearly on top of the eight quid registration fee to not use / have my details be seen by the public?
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>> No. 24359 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 8:34 pm
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No reasonable way. Your registrar is sadly quite correct that you have to have correct contact details available, though I'm not sure if there are other (cheaper) options for privacy.

For what its worth, I've only recently switched my domains to use a privacy service after nearly a decade of not bothering. In that time, the only hassle I got at the registered address was the gorram soddin' "Domain Registry of America" or whatever they called themselves exactly sending TV Licensing style letters to scam me into renewing with them.
>> No. 24360 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 8:39 pm
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ICANN are increasingly strict about WHOIS data, and have recently introduced mandatory verification of either an email address or phone number.

Gandi.net are my preferred registrar, and provide WHOIS privacy free of charge. They're a brilliant registrar for all sorts of reasons, and are run by techies who truly understand the business. They're slightly more expensive than Tsohost, but they offer discounts for longer registration periods and for clients with over 40 domains.
>> No. 24362 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 10:06 pm
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Give them a burner number. How are they going to make sure your details are correct? Ask for your passport and a few utility letters? Just lie mate.
>> No. 24363 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 10:50 pm
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See the post above yours.

> ICANN are increasingly strict about WHOIS data, and have recently introduced mandatory verification of either an email address or phone number.

They regularly send you emails and if one bounces your domain is suspended until you sort it. Likewise it's getting harder and harder to register and keep an email address without attaching (and maintaining) a phone to it.
>> No. 24364 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 11:03 pm
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This. They take this very seriously, and if you end up with suspension it can take a few days to put right.
>> No. 24365 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 1:42 am
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So you can't make an email address, and add it to whatever app you use for your emails and let them send you whatever they want? You can't have a burner? How about giving them your normal pay-as-you-go phone number?

You lot make it sound harder than it is. It is really weird. I run 5 websites, and they are all registered to a fake named character from a fake address in London somewhere. Stop being idiots.
>> No. 24366 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 1:57 am
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Most good domain registrars offer a free WHOIS privacy service. The difference between a crap registrar and a good one is about two quid a year. If you're willing to dick about with all that rigmarole and risk losing your domain for the sake of two quid, then don't let me stop you.
>> No. 24367 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 10:55 am
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Surprised none of you have mentioned this yet:

>> No. 24368 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 12:18 pm
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Be aware that a domain name is property, and if your name is not listed it may be difficult to prove ownership. Fraudulent transfers do happen, and if you've put a false name in then you might have trouble getting it back. If your name does not appear on the WHOIS then as far as ICANN are concerned you do not own the domain, so be careful with using proxy or nominee services.

That's because they're known to hand over details to almost anyone who asks, and, worse, your actual registration would be with Godaddy.

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